USA - The Next Internet Revolution?

Arno Froese

Imagine a world where you could sit on the same couch as a friend who lives thousands of miles away, or conjure up a virtual version of your workplace while at the beach. 

Welcome to the metaverse: a vision of the future that sounds fantastical, but which tech titans like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg are betting on as the next great leap in the evolution of the internet.

The metaverse is, in fact, the stuff of science-fiction: the term was coined by Neal Stephenson in his 1992 novel “Snow Crash,” in which people don virtual reality headsets to interact inside a game-like digital world. 

The book has long enjoyed cult status among Silicon Valley entrepreneurs—but in recent months the metaverse has become one of the tech sector’s hottest buzzwords, with companies pouring millions of dollars into its development. 

As with many tech buzzwords, the definition of the metaverse depends on whom you ask. But broadly, it involves blending the physical world with the digital one. 

Metaverse enthusiasts are dreaming of a future in which the idea could be extended much further, allowing us to be transported to digital settings that feel real, such as a nightclub or a mountaintop. 

Games in which players enter immersive digital worlds offer a glimpse into what the metaverse could eventually look like, blurring virtual entertainment with the real-world economy.

As far back as the early 2000s, the game Second Life allowed people to create digital avatars that could interact and shop with real money. 

Cathy Hackl, a tech consultant who advises companies on the metaverse, said the next generation was more comfortable with the idea of attaching real meaning to virtual experiences and objects.

Facebook has invested heavily in technology that allows people to feel like they are physically somewhere else, such as its Portal video-calling devices, Oculus headsets and its Horizon virtual reality platform.

-techxplore.com, 28 July 2021

Arno's Commentary

This writer has little to no idea what this report is actually talking about, but suffice it to say: something heretofore unknown is being developed. In the 1900s, it was all but unthinkable that one could talk to someone across the ocean, face-to-face. That was science fiction; not so today.

We note the sentence: “…allowing us to be transported to digital settings that feel real, such as a nightclub or a mountaintop.” But, such things are not real; they are fake. When I’m sitting at my desk, there’s no way I can feel like I’m in a “nightclub” or on a “mountaintop.”

These things belong to end-time developments, where mankind will believe the fake instead of the truth. We gather this from the book of Revelation. After the fifth vial is poured upon the earth, we read: “And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds” (Revelation 16:11). Why do they blaspheme God? Because they know the judgment comes from God, but the greatest tragedy is “[They] repented not of their deeds.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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